Randolph Vesey

Randolph Vesey (HM21U2)

Location: Decatur, TX 76234 Wise County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 14.066', W 97° 35.202'

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(1832-1908)

Respected Negro citizen and homeowner. Champion pioneer fiddler, popular at Forts Belknap, Griffin and Richardson and over county. Once when he was an Indian captive, held in Kansas, Texans sent ponies to ransom him. He is buried in Oaklawn, Decatur.

Born in Georgia. He served during the Civil War as body servant and voluntary battle aide to General W. L. Cabell of the Confederate army. Vesey's courage and loyalty were typical. Hundreds of slaves went to war with masters. Many operated farms and ranches of soldiers away at war, producing cotton and food for the Confederacy. Others did work for hire, with wages supporting the master's family. On patrol duty they protected homes from Indians, bandits, outlaws.

During War years, 1861-1865, some 30,000 to 50,000 Negros - free and slaves - aided Confederate armies. They served with the Nitre and Mining Bureau and departments of medicine, engineers, quartermaster general, ordnance and commissary general. They built fortifications on coasts from Brownsville, Texas, to Norfolk, Virginia, and at inland points. Many were army teamsters, wheelwrights, blacksmiths, butchers, shoemakers, cooks, and nurses. Texas and other states later provided land grants and pensions for many.
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HM NumberHM21U2
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Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 631679 N 3678166
Decimal Degrees33.23443333, -97.58670000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.066', W 97° 35.202'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 3.96" N, 97° 35' 12.12" W
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Area Code(s)940, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 N Trinity St, Decatur TX 76234, US
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